Rosemary lemonade spritzers

by Patricia on July 5, 2009 · 7 comments

Last month, with some skepticism, I tried the rhubarb rosemary lemon spritzers from Simply Recipes. I wasn’t sure what rosemary would do to my fruity drink but it was really good. The rosemary added depth. It was a perfect foil to the tart and tangy rhubarb and lemon. So when I found these rosemary lemonade fizzy drinks on The Bitten Word, I was eager to try it.

Dan bought a big bottle of lemon juice from Costco. I am typically wary of bottled lemon juice, but this one tasted almost as good as fresh (definitely a class above the little lemon shaped squirt bottles). It is an Italian brand (or branded to look Italian). And since lemons are getting expensive around here (almost 70 cents each last time I looked), I decided to use the bottled juice (also, squeezing a bunch of lemons didn’t sound like fun).

Rosemary Lemon simple syrup

While this is good with a shot of vodka, most people drank it without like a soda. It was a refreshing alternative to beer and watermelon margaritas (recipe for these margaritas tomorrow, they were so good).  The kids liked the lemonade soda too (without vodka, of course).

Rosemary Lemonade “Soda”
1 part rosemary lemonade simple syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 to 1 part vodka (optional)
Top it off with sparkling water
* For the kids, I went heavier on the syrup to make it more puckery. They loved it.
* For the adults, a little lighter on the syrup with or without the vodka. Also a big hit.

Rosemary lemonade simple syrup
(adapted from Gourmet via The Bitten Word)
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
4 four-inch sprigs of rosemary

1. Place lemon juice, rosemary, and sugar in a medium pot.
2. Bring to a boil, stir to dissolve sugar.
3. Allow to simmer for about 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
4. Let it cool completely (about 1 hour), then remove the rosemary.
5. Use the syrup and enjoy!


1 Mari April 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Hey! I just found your blog (very cool, btw)! I made rosemary lemonade today (recipe on my blog) that one of my culinary teachers gave me the recipe for. It would definitely be good with raspberries… and alcohol. Haha. :)

2 mixed drink glasses September 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Great post – thanks for sharing!

3 Lia July 7, 2009 at 11:28 pm

I was wary of the rosemary since I had never used it in a drink before, but I was surprised to find out that I love it! This drink was so refreshing!

4 Kristen July 6, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I love rosemary in drinks, so unexpected and you are right it adds to the depth. I will have to check out the lemon juice, here lemons are $1 each right now, but I cringe to think about the plastic lemon bottle.

5 Rachel Cotterill July 6, 2009 at 9:28 am

That sounds incredible, especially with the vodka (ahem).

6 Foodfreak July 6, 2009 at 6:22 am

I made this when I read about it in Gorumet and everybody loved it. Great summer drink.

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